Keppel Data Center REIT: Keppel Data Centres' green hydrogen supply chain feasibility study

Dec 24, 2021 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Keppel Data Centres has announced it has teamed up with Woodside, Japan's Osaka Gas business division in Singapore, City Energy and City-OG Gas Energy Services, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to study the feasibility of a liquid hydrogen supply chain from Western Australia to Singapore, and beyond that, Japan.

The study, which will go on to mid-2022, comes after Woodside Energy's announcement of H2Perth, a green hydrogen plant in Western Australia, back in October. According to reports, the project could set out a path for current renewables-starved city-states which have a moratorium on new data centers due to excessive energy usage. It could also push countries to meet their net-zero targets earlier than expected. 

Speaking about its involvement in the project, Keppel said: "This MOU will explore the feasibility of harnessing liquid hydrogen from Australia to power our data centres in Singapore, with potential applications for other Keppel business units in future. This collaboration in the upstream liquid hydrogen supply chain complements the existing MOUs we have entered with various partners to explore the mid-to downstream segments, including transportation, storage and regasification."

According to Keppel, this project also fits in with its "Vision 2030" and carbon emission reduction targets. It added: "We are committed to the decarbonization of data centre operations through our research efforts in LNG and hydrogen for power generation, floating data centres, and technologies for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration."

Meanwhile, Woodside CEO Meg O'Neill said: "It is important for us to work collaboratively with potential customers and end users such as Keppel Data Centres, Osaka Gas Singapore, City Energy and City-OG Gas Energy Services to collaboratively build out a sustainable hydrogen supply chain from our proposed H2Perth Project. H2Perth is ideally located in Western Australia for shipping to Singapore and Japan and the project site is close to existing gas, power, water, and port infrastructure, as well as a skilled local residential workforce."

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